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(CNSNews.com) - The latest Republican health care bill isn't repeal and it isn't replace, but "it is better than the status quo by far," Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told a news conference on Tuesday. "And I think that's an argument we're all comfortable with making," McConnell added.
McConnell asked two of the bill's sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.) to explain their plan:
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"You can have different opinions about the quality of this bill," Graham said. "At the end of the day, this is the only process left available to stop a march towards socialism. We have between now and the end of the month to have a vote and a debate about whether this is better than the status quo.
"My friends on the other side are never going to agree to a bipartisan proposal that does anything other than prop up Obamacare," Graham continued. “We've had weeks of talking, and the only time they've gotten serious is when they're afraid that my bill may pass. And now they're coming to me – ‘What about this and what about that?’"
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Graham said he's talked to President Trump five times in the last two days, and he's "focused like a laser" and "very excited about this state-centric health care system."
Graham also said his legislation has the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan: "Paul Ryan told me to my face, if you pass it, we pass it."
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Sen. Cassidy, a physician, briefly described the Republican plan:
"What we attempt to do is to take all the (Obamacare) dollars that are here in Washington, D.C., dole it out at as the state jumps through a hoop, and return it down to the states for the states to do that which is best for that state.
"If you're in a state which has not expanded...
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